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Welcome to the Lollar Pickups Blog, where we discuss in detail the finer points of Lollar Pickups and share the latest news from the Workbench.

Something To Get Wound Up About…

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Ever wanted to build your own guitar pickups? (And since you’re reading this blog, we’ll assume the answer is “YES”). Well, here’s your chance to learn from a master.

Our own Jason Lollar, a 1979 graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, returns to the school to teach a course on pickup winding May 6-7, 2017. If you’re serious about learning the craft, or even a passionate amateur, this class is a must. There are only a few spaces left, so sign up now to reserve your spot. (click link for more info)

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Customs, Repops, and Repairs, OH MY!

Custom built Lollar ES300 pickup

This ES 300 reproduction pickup was hand built from raw materials in-house at Lollar Pickups.

At Lollar, we’re one of the few places that actually makes pickups completely from scratch – we always have, always will. Whether it’s for a custom application or a vintage restoration, we have the tools and knowledge to fabricate almost anything in-house, from small repair/replacement parts to complete pickups.

This is a copy of a later version of the Gibson ES 300 pickup that we built recently for a restoration. The old tortoiseshell material Gibson used degrades over time and after decades it just crumbles to dust, so these solid tortoise pickups made from celluloid are often missing from the vintage instruments.

As seen in the picture below. two versions of the ES 300 pickups were made; a long and short. This one is the short of course, but we’ve made the long version too.

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Pickups And Steel Wool: An Amicable Separation.

Opposites Attract – Steel wool is the opposite of good for your pickups.

This picture shows how tiny ferrous pieces of steel wool (or iron shavings, in this case) are attracted to magnetic fields.

(Author’s note: As steel wool can be so harmful to pickups, we are not willing to risk the integrity of our pickups by allowing steel wool into the shop, even for photographic purposes. Because of this, I have used stock images for illustrative aides.)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to tell our customers that their beloved pickup has gone belly up because of something that was completely avoidable – the usual suspect; STEEL WOOL! In fact, more often than not, they themselves (or even their “reputable guitar tech”) are the ones to blame. Many times when my diagnosis of, “I’m sorry, but your pickup is dead – most likely due to all the steel wool in it. Unfortunately the only way to fix it is to completely re-wind it” solicits a response along the lines of, “How could that even happen? I don’t use steel wool near my pickups.”

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Mustangs Revisited

We have been asked quite a few times over the years if we make a replacement for the stock pickups in Fender’s Reissue Mustang Bass, the answer was always, “Yes and no…”

Fender’s Reissue version of the Mustang Bass features slightly different dimensions than the original vintage version of the instrument. Until now there wasn’t a high quality replacement for the Reissues.

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These Are Not The Mustangs You’re Looking For…

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These aren’t the Mustangs we’re looking for… move along.

Due to demand, Lollar Pickups will be making direct replacement pickups for Fender Reissue Mustang Basses*.

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